Barcelona have warmed up for their huge Clasico clash with Real Madrid at the the weekend by including a 15-year-old in their squad.
Real continued to prove their tag as the best team in Europe, when they beat Liverpool 1-0 on Wednesday night to continue the defence of their Champions League crown.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side finished 6-2 winners on aggregate, having gone 2-0 down in the tie initially, leaving the manager to claim there was a new best player in the world.
They will next face Chelsea, for the third year in-a-row, and either Manchester City or Bayern Munich in the semifinals, meaning they’ll have had to do it the hard way if they’re going to defend their title.
However, whilst they might be impressing in European competition, Los Blancos are well off the pace in La Liga and currently sit nine points below fierce rivals Barcelona.
The two sides face each other on Sunday, with a win for Xavi’s team taking them 12 points clear with only 12 games of the league campaign to go.
There will be extra bite to the game, with Real threatening legal action against Barca following charges relating to corruption, which could even see them relegated.
All that didn’t stop Xavi naming a teenager in first team training on Saturday, as 15-year-old goalkeeper Eder Aller joined the seniors, as perSPORT.
The keeper who ‘breathes football’ joined the club in 2021, with his dad explaining the choice of Barcelona, saying, “”No other campus offered us 35 hours of training per week.”
The player himself said a few months ago, “When Cultural Leonesa signed me, it was very big, and the goal was very small. “That’s why I stopped a lot, and everything went well for me. It was at that moment when I began to think that I could become someone in football.”
He trained alongside Marc andre ter Stegen with the first team, as the Germany goalkeeper eyes up a 20th clean sheet of the league season.
Barca will be much happier returning to the Nou Camp this weekend, after Xavi was shocked at the reception they got away from home last week.
The league leaders faced Athletic Club and fans of the hosts were not particularly happy with the news of the charges at Barcelona.
Those boos would have been a lot louder if the Clasico was at the Bernabeu this weekend, instead they have the chance to end the title race at home.